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12 January 2012 | 9,903 views

Sprint Adds Google Wallet Into New NFC Capable Phones

Oh look, another aspect of security and privacy to consider as Google pushes its’ mobile payment solution ‘Wallet’ onto two new NFC capable phones – the Galaxy Nexus & LG Viper. If you haven’t heard of the service you can find out more here – Google Wallet (Wikipedia). The main concern here (security wise) is [...]

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05 December 2011 | 13,293 views

GCHQ Code Breaking Challenge Solved Through Googling

This is quite an amusing story, I’m sure many of you have read about the ‘hacking challenge’ set up by GCHQ and that they are looking to hire hackers cyber-security specialists through non-traditional channels. The thing that tickled me was, well there were two things actually..one that the challenge site was coded in ASP and [...]

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29 November 2011 | 10,651 views

Twitter Purchases WhisperCore – Full Disk Encryption For Android Phones

This is certainly an interesting acquisition and not one I would have expected, I’m not even exactly sure what Twitter is planning and why they would want a company focused on mobile encryption (and specifically on the Android platform). I can’t see any real corporate use for Twitter, so they won’t be pushing the security [...]

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20 October 2011 | 12,639 views

German Federal Trojan (0zapftis/Bundestrojaner) Eavesdrops On Skype, IE, Firefox, MSN Messenger & More

It’s always good to have some news about government conspiracy theories, or in this case government propagated malware. The last case I remember reporting on was – Tunisia Running Country Wide Facebook, Gmail & Yahoo! Password Capture. Now whilst we wouldn’t quite expect that kind of oppressive behaviour from a country like Germany, they do [...]

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17 October 2011 | 11,683 views

The U.S. Department of Defense Hit With $4.9B Lawsuit Over Data Breach

We haven’t published anything about the Defense Department for a while, the last news really was the whole RSA SecurID thing which affected some of the US DoD sub-contractors. The latest news is they’ve been hit with a colossal lawsuit of almost $5 Billion! The lawsuit is regarding a recent breach involving a healthcare system [...]

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11 October 2011 | 9,705 views

File Disclosure Browser – Tool To Explore .DS_Store Files

The File Disclosure Browser takes .DS_Store files found on websites and parses through them to find a list of all potential files in the directory. It can then either just display the URLs for the files or if you give it a proxy it can browse to the files itself. The author wrote it after [...]

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03 October 2011 | 8,194 views

Anonymous Twitter Alternative Created For Protesters & Revolutionaries

There was a mass of news back in August about the London riots and how social media (especially Twitter) and the BlackBerry Messenger service (BBM) enabled the rioters to organize themselves via broadcast messages and tweets. After discovering a lot of rioters got busted from their Tweets and BBM messages (which are of course traceable) [...]

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13 September 2011 | 9,384 views

Script Kiddies Lay Claim To NBC News Twitter Account Hack

There was a bit of a buzz on the 10th anniversary of 9/11 when the NBC News Twitter account was hacking and started posting updates regarding a repeated terrorist attack against ground zero. It only lasted a few minutes but as the account has 120,000 followers – it caused quite a stir. It’s not known [...]

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30 August 2011 | 16,639 views

Hackers Get Hold Of Wildcard Google SSL Certificate – Could Hijack Gmail Accounts

One of the big discussions points this week is about a wildcard cert for Google that has leaked out from a Dutch company called DigiNotar. The certificate is good for all Google domains – it’s a *.google.com cert. This is bad news and apparently has been in the wild for a while, some people are [...]

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24 August 2011 | 15,550 views

Stealing ATM Pin Numbers Using Thermal Imaging Cameras

Now this is a really neat bit of hardware hacking, it’s been a while since we’ve reported on any kind of ATM Skimming or ATM Hacking stories. You may remember back in November 2010 – European Banks Seeing New Wave Of ATM Skimming or way back in 2008 when Pro ATM Hacker ‘Chao’ Gives Out [...]

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